Ryan McMahon has had enough of the social facade.
“I was trying to kick my own depression in the ass,” said the Elbowroom Recordings artist of the work on his latest album, In Line for a Smile.
“I was getting to a point in life where everyone’s trying to keep up with the Joneses, everyone’s looking at their social media and we see everybody else’s highlight reel and I think sometimes you can get caught up in that and that can make you sad.”
The Vancouver Island native sought to wade above the weeds in the best way he knew how: writing a kickass folk-rock record.
“I’ve been able to travel overseas, get paid very well to play for very big audiences that I never would have imagined, but I’m also not on the cover of Pitchfork or on the tips of the tongues of music reviewers in the same way that some of my friends like William Prince or Dan Mangan are,” he admits.
“Sometimes, it’s just natural for you to want to want more. ‘How come that guy’s successful? I want to be as successful as that guy!’ It’s all bulls***, it’s all comparisons and this album helped me eradicate feeling that way and just really enjoy the journey of making music.”